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I-555 dedication ceremony set for Friday

(Source: Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department) (Source: Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department)
(Source: Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department) (Source: Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department)
(Source: KAIT) (Source: KAIT)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

A project that has taken years to complete will finally be finished this week.

On Friday, March 11 parts of U.S. Highway 63 will become an interstate.

Governor Asa Hutchinson will join several other state leaders, along with members of Arkansas’ Congressional delegation, at a dedication ceremony and luncheon at St. Bernards Auditorium.

The process to make Interstate 555 a reality has been ongoing for several years.

The biggest hurdle was a stretch of Hwy. 63 over the St. Francis Floodway in Poinsett County.

An interstate designation would prevent farm equipment from using the road.

Congressman Rick Crawford, however, worked to prevent that. Crawford added an exemption into a federal transportation bill.

It allows for the use of agricultural equipment on I-555. The bill passed in December.

In February, the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department posted pictures online showing work on the new I-555 signs.

I-555 will run from Highway 49 in Jonesboro to the I-55 interchange in Crittenden County. It’ll be a 44 mile stretch of road.

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